In March we could not attend the annual Surrey Biodiversity Conference, but did make Haslemere’s Great Green Get Together, with COPSE providing a talk, walk, planting an apple-tree and assisting Jane Devlin with her Smoothie Bike from the Chidd-Green team!
Earlier in the week we helped St. Bartholomew’s after school club, The Den, with a quince supplied and planted by Peter Clarke of Haslemere Rotary and an Schoolmaster espalier donated by RHS Wisley and planted by COPSE. We also planted the final Jubilee apple, an Arthur Turner within an orchard in the fantastic Woolmer Hill Garden, created by Sally Spaarkogel
On Sunday 26th February COPSE and residents of Andlers Ash planted a small Orchard within green-space at this new housing development in Liss. We planted four 3-year old transplanted trees, donated by RHS Wisley and healed into COPSE planting-beds in Spring 2022. The trees were on MM106 rootstock, included Bismarck, King of Pippins, Wyken Pippin, and Dunn’s Seedling, joined by a 2-year old Arthur Turner (M25). Protective fencing and part-rotted bark mulch were supplied by Hilliers, whose tree nursery once covered Andlers Ash. Special thanks to the 30-40 residents who helped plant the trees, make cake and brewed the tea!
The following week (22nd February) we conducted a pruning and maintenance event with Chris Sharples and the Watts Gallery heritage gardening team, followed on by an impromptu Wassail and toasting the orchard!
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.